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Why do great comedy series get cancelled?

I’ve seen too many hilarious tv shows getting canceled to not get curious about the reasons behind it. I’m talking about the shows that receive super positive reviews from the viewers, but still get cancelled. And there are probably so many more hilarious pilots that didn’t get picked up and we don’t even know about them. So i started my research, and picked Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared and Arrested Development as my test examples. Even Seinfeld, the most successful tv show of all time, was barely saved from cancellation after its first season.

 The obvious reason for networks cancelling these excellent tv shows were low ratings. And low ratings were mostly caused by networks changing their time slots. When these tv shows didn’t seem to attract enough viewers, networks treated their promotion poorly, and shows ratings got even worse until they got canceled. So it is kind of similar to chicken and the egg problem. Undeclared even went off-screen for a month or two, and when it returned, it never had same ratings. So i think the networks are the problem. They should listen to the critics and when show is well liked, should focus on marketing it much actively than other poorly rated tv shows. Especially if a show is Emmy and golden globe winner like Arrested Development. David Cross, who played Tobias in Fox series, has put it perfectly : if you can’t get audience for golden globe-winning show, you should probably fire your whole marketing crew and get new one.

And main reason for watching comedies is to have a good time, but it’s not the only way. If you ever go ice fishing, you’ll need decent ice auger, and you can’t find those without reading the reviews.

 Rarely, the problem is that show is too complicated for average viewer, which also happened in Arrested Development’s case. The running gags and subtle jokes were funny as hell, but even i didn’t catch most of them until i re-watched the series for second time. While on the other hand, more broadly popular tv shows have laugh tracks, which kind of serve as reminders to laugh. I personally hate them, but they seem to work well for gaining wide audience.

 Even creators of Seinfeld, who took the world of comedy by storm, had to give up a lot of creative control to keep the series alive. Originally it was intended to be one camera comedy, but it was changed to three-camera and laugh tracks were added. Although Larry David, Executive producer of seinfeld, still got to make one camera comedy – Curb Your Enthusiasm. And it’s hilarious – if you haven’t watched it, i highly recommend it.

 Seinfeld was saved by guy who wasn’t even working in sitcoms but in variety and specials. He saw the potential that experienced NBC executives missed. So experience can sometimes work against you – it can keep you from appreciating original ideas, the ones who don’t comply with what worked before.

Every bit of information i could find on Curb Your Enthusiasm’s return

By the ending of time 8, Larry traveled to Paris using Leon (J.B. Smoov E) to flee fulfilling a duty to devote some time together with sick kiddies. Digital developments can be the origin for several of of the upgrades over the season which will be pretty very excellent, although for at least five decades, information about a yield was short term. It’s not going to take long to grab up with all Larry, in the event the season begins and the gang are upto throughout their term absence. “After the series commences to atmosphere, it’s going to soon be selfevident. The long-awaited apocalyptic period of Curb lastly arrives that this autumn following a post-apocalyptic hiatus, also at an humorous preview screened for terrorists in HBO’s Television Critics Association summer press tour — it isn’t available on line but, sorry — we all watch Larry fighting having a detergent dispenser at the shower, even chiding a couple of to their people PDA (“You are permitted to become joyful… however, perhaps not at the front of me”) and also requesting that a mourner at a ranch into dial her down churns: “It is way too loudly.” , accusing an older girl of yanking and trespassing his ficus plantlife.
For just six decades, the planet has largely been with information on texting manners between kids and grownups, and also far of their additional ancestral wisdom in your brain of Seinfeld and also Curb Your Enthusiasm founder Larry David. Previously this calendar year, HBO introduced after the series went off the atmosphere in September 2011, the genius will celebrity from the show season. Together side a releasedate, people receive in sight on what’s going to happen in the entire world of Larry this particular season. As stated by the IMDB plot description of this summer season initial, “Larry will get tricked through an internet dating sites website. He falls deeply in love with a female from Russia and resides their or her own 90-day Fiance.” The IMDB web page of the seasons suggests the season may contain 10 eps.